WASHINGTON, D.C. -(Ammoland.com)- The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (AK) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen.
A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community endorsed H.R. 200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provisions into the nation’s primary law governing federal fisheries management.
On April 6, 2017, Congressman Garret Graves (LA), a leader on recreational fishing issues, introduced H.R. 2023, the Modern Fish Act, to address the challenges facing recreational fishermen in the federal fisheries management system.
He was joined by a bipartisan list of 24 cosponsors. Original cosponsors include Congressmen Gene Green (TX), Daniel Webster (FL) and Rob Wittman (VA). The Modern Fish Act’s legislative language was ultimately included in H.R. 200.
“We owe great thanks to Chairman Rob Bishop, Congressman Don Young and Congressman Garret Graves for working together to bring meaningful change to recreational fisheries management through the reauthorization of the nation’s marine fisheries law,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. “This is a major step forward in …Read the Rest